Manly Palmer Hall collection of alchemical manuscripts, 1500-1825
Hogart, Ron Charles. Alchemy, a comprehensive bibliography of the Manly P. Hall Collection of books and manuscripts
Unpublished finding aid
Photographed, preconservation (color slides);
Made from pre-conservation color slides;
Photographed in full for surrogate copies (prints and color transparencies);
transferred to library
No table of contents. No page numbers. Book is triangular in shape: crop box reveals content outside of page because it cannot be changed to a triangular format. Book is not oriented properly due to regular orientation of scribe. In order to be read properly book should be turned horizontally to the right. Most pages are written in code. Includes a volume with character translations.
Subject: A very rare book....
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Subject: "No. Soixante & Seize" de la collection maconnique du F... Ex Dono Sapientissimi Comitis St. Germain Qui Orben Terrarum Per Cucurrit ca. 1775
This manuscript bought from Frank Hollings, a London antiquary, after 1933 (he apparently was unaware of the Hauser St. Germain manuscript) came from the occult library of Mme. Barbe, who had it from the bibliographer Stanislaus de Guaita, who in turn bought it at the auction of the library of Jules Favre. It is a copy made from one of the magical texts in the possession of St. Germain by the owner's permission. A number of such copies were executed for the members of his Masonic lodge in Paris, and the following manuscript, as different in style as it is, may be one of the copies too. It is unclear in both cases whether the Comte St. Germain wrote the magical formulae or owned a copy of an ancient text. This manuscript was made for Antoine Louis Moret, a French emigre to America active in Masonry and in politics.
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